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'From the Heart Of The Wreck' Premieres On Cape Rep Stage

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

      A pirate. A witch. A shipwreck. A love story. What more could anyone possibly want?       How about all of that and more in a world premiere on the Cape Rep stage?       “From the Heart of the Wreck,” conceived and written by Cape Rep's Nick Nudler and Kirsten Peacock, explores the fascinating local tale, part history and part folklore, of 18 th century English sailor turned notorious pirate Samuel “B...

51st Festival Of The Arts Opens Friday

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

      It’s festival time again!       The Creative Arts Center’s 51st annual Festival of the Arts will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19 through 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Chatham’s Chase Park. This year’s festival will feature 110 juried local and national artisans and craftspeople displaying fine art, pottery, photography, jewelry and uniquely crafted creations of fabric, metal, stone, ...

Nature Connection: Waste Not, Want Not

By: Mary Richmond

Back in the day the adage “waste not, want not” was a common saying. Mostly we heard it from our grandparents who had lived through the Depression, but our parents mostly embraced it as well. In my home, as well as those of most of my friends, wasting something or throwing away something that could still be used was frowned upon, if not deserving of punishment. It was a time of using all our dinner leftovers, ...

Today's Lesson: 'School Of Rock' Rocks!

By: Amy Tagliaferri

Becoming a parent is a joy and a lifelong responsibility. You want the best for your kids. Education is paramount. Good schools with excellent teachers are a prerequisite. Horace Greeley is such a school. It’s expensive, but worth it. But you need to listen and then learn from your child also; hopefully a good teacher knows how to do just that. I think one of the greatest joys of parenthood is witnessing when som...

Documentary Screening To Benefit Animal Rescue League

By: Debra Lawless

What is the nature of the perhaps-mysterious bond between dogs and humans? After a showing of the film “The Way Home: A Century of Finding Loving Companions for Shelter Animals” on Aug. 18 at the Chatham Orpheum Theater, a six-member panel will explore that bond, each in his or her own way. “The Way Home” is a 50-minute documentary by Geoff Bassett and Kim Roderiques. Bassett manages the Orpheum, and for “T...

What do you think of when you remember summer camp? Swimming and archery? Toasting s'mores by the campfire with friends? Bug juice, mystery meat, mosquito bites? A fun exhibit called “Postcards from Summer Camp” at the Brewster Historical Society’s Cobb House Museum will make you wax nostalgic, no matter when you last checked into a rustic cabin in the woods. The exhibit came about after the recent...

This critic has been an American in some great cities: Budapest, Rome, Athens, Lisbon, Jerusalem come to mind. But she has never been an American in Paris. So what fun it was to spend a few August hours with the super-talented cast of “An American in Paris” at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, where the musical will be performed through the Aug. 13. These performers are genuine triple-threats: they act, they sing,...

Nature Connection: Here Comes August

By: Mary Richmond

Here it is, mid-summer on Cape Cod. July has given way to August, and beaches, roadways, and restaurants are full of families and visitors enjoying our prime season with relish, even reckless abandon in some instances. Although the first week of August is only close to being the half-way mark on our summer calendars, those of us who have weathered many Augusts here know that the season is already beginning to ...

E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” always astounds me. I don’t really like spiders; I actually freak a little if one is on me. But every time I see or read White’s story I tear up when Charlotte explains how spiders don’t live very long. The story of this friendship between a pig and a spider, now on stage at the Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre, is touching and appealing, and filled with lessons of tr...

The barn is cold at night. The cows and the hen are frustrated that they can’t communicate with Farmer Brown about this situation. Their pleas for electric blankets sound like “moo, moo, moo” to the farmer. He has no idea they are unhappy. Cow #2 (Hannah Carrita) is angry and wants something done, now! Cow #1 (Holly Hansen) is trying to be more reasonable about the issue. Hen (Jess Andra) has another thought a...

“My Aunt is so big hearted, when anyone is in trouble, she comes to the rescue!” speaks young adult Patrick Dennis in the closing scenes of the musical “Mame,” now playing at the Chatham Drama Guild through Aug. 21. Bravo to Bridget Williams in fine voice and gorgeous costumes, for her beautiful, lively, lovely Mame, onstage for summer family audiences to enjoy. Mame and her loving nephew, eccentric friends, a...

‘School Of Rock’ Brings Humor, Heart To CCTC/HJT Stage

By: Jennifer Sexton-Riley

It may be the middle of summer, but at Cape Cod Theatre Company/Harwich Junior Theatre, it’s time to go back to school. Don’t worry – this is definitely one school that won’t make you want to cut class. From Aug. 5 to 28, “School of Rock” is in session at CCTC/HJT. Dewey Finn’s rock band has given him the boot, and things are looking grim. When Dewey finds a job posing as a substitute teacher at a private el...